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Millerick Road: Up a Creek…

Down Millerick Road, we’re up a creek… Sonoma Creek that is.

Millerick Road flooded leading out of Larson Family Winery in October 2021
Millerick Road flooded leading out of Larson Family Winery in October 2021

Yesterday’s historic rainfall was welcomed by all Californians, who’ve all become as drought-tolerant as the plants we now pick for our yards.  The storm unleashed up to 12 inches of rain in some Northern California Areas, with Sonoma County certainly feeling the brunt of it.

Larson Family Winery is no stranger to flooding.  Millerick Road’s proximity to Sonoma Creek has resulted in several Tasting Room closures over the years while the team works to clear and re-assemble the road leading into the Winery.  The ranch was, after all, built up because of its proximity to the waterway.

Steamboat on Sonoma Creek near Larson Family Winery
Steamboat on Sonoma Creek near present day Larson Family Winery


The yellow house across from the Tasting Room, fondly known as “A Captain’s House” was built in 1865 by steamship Captians JJ & Peter Stofen.  Just past the winery to the south, there was an 1800s-era port known as The Embarcadero where sloops and schooners brought passengers and freight bound for Sonoma and points north. Captian Stoffen would pilot these steamships up the creek. We guess he wanted a short commute!

larson family winery vintage group in rowboat in sonoma creek

CEO & Winemaster Tom Larson’s great-great Grandparents, Michael and Catherine Millerick bought the farmhouse in 1899, and that’s where our story begins on Millerick Ranch.  Bottles of our Millerick Road Brand wines all feature historical photos of our legacy on this land – rodeos, horse racing, and Sonoma Creek itself even got love as the featured photo on the 2018 Millerick Road Chardonnay label.

Since our guests can’t visit Millerick Road right now, we want to bring Millerick Road to you.  Through Wednesday 10/27, use the code MILLERICKROAD to receive 20% off your purchase of Millerick Road Wines.  It’s a great time to start stocking up for holiday entertaining and gifting, which will be here in no time!